First, just a couple of things about me. Most of you probably know that I'm a CART Captioner. I do realtime captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. I LOVE my work, my little machine and my clients and friends. I just recently retired from UCLA and am starting a whole new life with my husband, Mark, and my cat, Sassy.
I am continuing to do captioning where I am needed, and the beauty is I can do it from anywhere in the world as long as I have an internet connection! This means I can caption both from our St. Croix island home and our new motorhome as we travel across the US. How awesome is that!?
My engagement with the DHH community and HLAA is a given; both of which have and continue to enrich my life immensely.
Did you know that one out of ten people has a hearing loss? Chances are you know a few people with some degree of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss affects overall health in negative ways – falls, isolation, anxiety, depression, and now, a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. Many people age into their hearing loss while they are still in the workforce. Hearing loss can be prevented, screened for, and treated. The HLAA Walk4Hearing brings people together in communities to create awareness about hearing loss.
Since 2006, the HLAA Walk4Hearing has raised more than $13 million and has become the largest walk for hearing health.
Why I Walk
I am on Team CART Attack again this year. This is our fifth year. As a fun suggestion in recognition of that, perhaps think of donations that have the number 5. $5, $15, $25, $50......but, of course, any amount is welcomed and appreciated. No such thing as an insignificant donation. It all adds up and benefits our DHH community by supporting HLAA! Also with our portion of CCRA's Team CART Attack's monies raised, we put them into a fund to help those that need captioning and cannot afford it. Win-Win!
I participate in the Walk4Hearing because I want others to know that they are not alone and something can be done to live well with hearing loss no matter what age or level of hearing. I am motivated by being part of a larger mission as well as enjoying the camaraderie, meeting others who have hearing loss – their family and friends – learning from others, visiting the exhibit tables, all in my own community. And, ultimately, it’s fun for everyone!
Please make a donation to my personal Walk4Hearing page. Your donation supports the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and local communities by providing information, education, support, and advocacy. HLAA represents the 48 million people and their families affected by hearing loss in the United States, but HLAA helps one person at a time. The Walk4Hearing is evidence of that.
Take Charge of Your Hearing Health and Get Your Hearing Screened
The call to action of the 2018 Walk4Hearing is “Get Your Hearing Checked!” Please, please do this. I have had many friends not follow up on their hearing health and not been able to take advantage of all of the great technologies that can make their life so much richer. I certainly have with my own hearing aids and accessories making my life and job more rewarding.
Take charge of your own hearing health (or encourage someone else) by getting a hearing screening! Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and Tweet #screenURhearing to let us know that you got your hearing checked or encouraged someone else to do so.
I hope you will consider supporting or joining me at the Walk4Hearing. Thank you!
With my sincerest gratitude,
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org.